Morning Forum of Los Altos highlights botanical garden pioneer


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Author Victoria Johnson brought to life visionary Dr. David Hosack in her presentation “American Eden: Founding America’s First Botanical Garden” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Jan. 14.

Johnson, associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College, City University of New York, described how Hosack in 1797 attended to a young boy delirious with fever and brought his fever down with a hot bath and Peruvian bark. He thereby saved the life of Alexander Hamilton’s son.

Election 2020: Crowded field in the running for State Senate seat

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State Senate District 13 candidates Sally Lieber, from left, Mike Brownrigg, Josh Becker and Shelly Masur listen to Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, right, at the Jan. 12 Peninsula Democratic Coalition forum in Los Altos.

Seven candidates, including a veteran politician from Mountain View and a perennial candidate from Los Altos, are vying to take State Sen. Jerry Hill’s place representing the 13th District. The primary election is March 3.

Hill is termed-out after serving eight years in a district that stretches from San Bruno to Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Five of the seven candidates are Democrats. The 13th District is dominated by Democratic-leaning voters.

Gallery 9 celebrates 50 years in Los Altos


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Gallery 9 artists Judi Keyani, from left, Cecilia Mases, Carol Hake and Jan Meyer are set to mark the gallery’s 50th anniversary. Hake has been a Gallery 9 member since the gallery moved to Los Altos in 1973. Meyer, who painted murals throughout downtown Los Altos, joined in 1975.

Los Altos has seen changes aplenty over the past 50 years, but Gallery 9 has remained true to its mission as members celebrate the art gallery’s golden anniversary this year. It continues, as it did in 1970, to provide a supportive place for local artists to showcase and sell their work.

The gallery and its milestone are the subject of a special exhibition, “Gallery 9: Celebrating Art in Los Altos,” set to open Jan. 30 and run through March 8 at the Los Altos History Museum. The exhibition will offer an overview of Gallery 9 members’ work across a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry.

LACF names Adin Miller as new executive director


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Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) launched a national search for a new executive director after Joe Eyre announced his retirement last year. It turns out the winning candidate had been with the foundation all along.

LACF hired Adin C. Miller, who served on the foundation’s board of directors the past year and a half, to serve as the organization’s new leader. Miller’s official start date is Monday.

Los Altos Senior Program provides free tax prep

 

The Los Altos Senior Program has scheduled a free tax-return preparation service Monday mornings Feb. 3 through April 13.

Pear takes 'Steps' into new decade


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Elizabeth (Betsy Kruse Craig, left) and her hard-drinking tycoon husband, Roland (Todd Wright, center), consider buying their rental home with help from their lawyer, Tristram (Max Tachis), in Pear Theatre’s production of “Taking Steps.” The play is slated to open this week.

Pear Theatre kicks off the decade with the farce “Taking Steps,” written by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Troy Johnson. The play is slated to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through Feb. 9 in Mountain View.

“Steps” is a story of six characters packed in a supposedly haunted Victorian house: Roland Crabbe, a wealthy businessman who constantly drinks; Elizabeth Crabbe, Roland’s wife, an ex-dancer who is considering a divorce; Leslie Bainbridge, the home’s builder desperate to sell due to his financial struggles; Tristram Watson, the lawyer in charge of the purchase of the house; Mark Boxer, Elizabeth’s brother; and Kitty, Mark’s fiancée.


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